Energy: Maybe you didn´t see it: On Thursday, on his way to the much-ballyhooed G-20 Summit, President Trump attended the far less well known Three Seas Initiative Summit in Warsaw, Poland. While little publicized, it´s the most important thing he´ll do on his trip. The Three Seas Initiative was started last year, with the idea of boosting economic cooperation among 12 countries — Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria — most of them former Soviet satellite nations. The idea is to strengthen mutual policies on trade, infrastructure and politics. But most of all,
This is they that Russia helped to win the election against Hitlery? I have always asked and still do, what was Russia´s motive to elect Trump? Trump will use US oil to break the economic back of Russia just as Reagan used the US economy t break the Soviet Union. Note, Trump is taking action to ensure Putin´s Imperialistic expansion stops. And Trump is further taking care of Russia allies (Syria) where Obabmi hide like a scared school girl. Why would Russia want a man as US president that will actively oppose everything Russia is trying to accomplish right now? Hitlery would have shut down oil production and strengthen Russia´s oil economy. She would have allowed for more Imperialistic land grabs and would continue to do nothing about a volatile Middle East. She is the one the Russians had every motive to help.
I am very happy to see Eastern Europe getting some attention. When I was in Europe I wanted to visit more of those countries because that is where my family came from.
Poland would still be a nice place to visit since they will not accept "refugees". I won´t waste my time in France. I have a fragrance called Paris Armour. It is supposed to be French tulips, cherry blossoms and pink champagne. However, now with all the jihadis, it would smell like BO and goat butt.
The Russian economy is smaller the any of these individual U.S. States: California, Texas and New York. It would not take much to upset their little piece of the world economy. They should learn to play nice.
That was one sweet chess move by PT to make a speech in Poland about the US willing to export fuel to the Three Seas countries before meeting with Putin. At the photo op, Vlad looked like he was trying to figure out a counter-move. Putin also realizes there´s no need to prop up Assad to stop any pipeline from Kurdish oilfields to the Med. He´s now figuring out how to cut his losses and get out of that mess.
Prior to leaving ExxonMobil, SoS Tillerson struck a deal with Russia on development of oil/gas fields there. With Exxon´s technology and Russia´s resources, the U.S. won´t be able to beat the proximity factor plus existing pipelines.
With that said, no Western oil companies have ever remained in business with the Russians. The Russians always renege.
If you can´t win, change the rules. Democrats and progressive activists are joining forces to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to interfere in how election districts are drawn in all 50 states. In Gill v. Whitford, they´re challenging how Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin drew the state´s election map. The justices will hear the case on Oct. 3. If they decide to strike down Wisconsin´s map and dictate new rules for election map making, it could turn winners into losers and vice versa across the country. Republicans, who have been on a winning streak and now control both legislative houses and the governor´s
Growth: Buried amid a deluge of nasty news ranging from the growing North Korean nuclear threat to killer hurricanes hitting our coasts, the Census Bureau reports that median household income, a broad gauge of family financial well-being, hit its highest level ever last year. That´s another strong sign that the economy is trying to break out of its 10-year growth slump. The median household income last year was $59,039, up 0.7% from the previous record of $58,655 set in 1999, the year the dot-com boom went bust. Real median incomes for married households with both spouses working soared to $106,000
Health Care: On the surface, the Census Bureau´s report looks like another win for ObamaCare, as the uninsured rate dropped to 8.8% in 2016. But a close look shows that whatever gains ObamaCare was making are over. The Census report says that, overall, the number of uninsured dropped by 914,000 between 2015 and 2016. That pushed the uninsured rate down three-tenths of a percentage point. It´s being heralded as further evidence that ObamaCare is working, and that Republican efforts to dismantle the program are horribly misguided. But look inside the numbers. The gains last year were in two areas that have little
Helping Hands: As with Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma has severely tested Americans´ generosity and willingness to help their fellow human beings in a time of need. And they have once again passed the test with flying colors. As cynical leftists rail about global warming and whether states that voted for President Trump actually deserve their fate, others less beholden to such anti-human ideas are willingly pitching in with money, skills and arm-power to help those stricken after Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida this week. Give the federal government its due: Its response has been competent and quick. FEMA has responded
Science: Perhaps the best indication that Irma failed to live up to its billing is the fact that the broad stock indexes — including insurance companies — rallied on Monday while various construction-related stocks took it on the chin. When can we expect to see stories about how global warming deserves the credit? There´s no question that Irma was and continues to be destructive. But there´s also no question that it was not nearly the storm it was predicted by all the experts to be. Last week, there was talk of massive destruction across the state, with damage estimates ranging up to
Corruption: A sitting U.S. Senator is currently on trial for bribery, and if he´s found guilty it could have major political ramifications. Haven´t heard about this case? That´s because the Senator in question is a Democrat. A CNN story this week about the opening of the trial against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez noted that "Democrats are eager to avoid the subject of Menendez´s bribery trial." That headline would have been just as accurate if it said "Reporters" instead of "Democrats." Menendez in on trial for allegedly having sold his office in exchange for luxury vacations, private flights, and piles of campaign cash.
Agenda: Less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the House passed an $8 billion bill to help the Houston region recover. So Republicans in Congress can get things done quickly, just not when it comes to enacting a conservative agenda. At a retreat for Republican lawmakers back in January, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan laid out an ambitious agenda they planned to achieve in their first 200 days — before the Senate would go on its monthlong break in August. They would: Repeal and replace ObamaCare, pass a sweeping tax reform, fund the border wall,
Rule Of Law: What happens when the president of the United States decides to uphold the Constitution´s separation of powers and appropriately defers to Congress on immigration law? If his name is Donald Trump, everyone has a nervous breakdown. At a news conference on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump was rescinding Obama´s "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," an executive order that let young people in the country illegally apply to get a renewable two-year work authorization and other benefits, including participating in Social Security. Obama enacted DACA in June 2012 after Congress failed to pass immigration reforms he
President Trump´s approval rating hit 38% in the latest IBD/TIPP poll after what pundits routinely described as a terrible month for the president. While still low, that represents a six-point gain over the previous month. Regionally, Trump´s gains were strongest in the South, where his approval jumped 13 points to 48%. He firmed up support among Republicans as well, with an 8-point increase to 79%. He gained 14 points among those with a high school education, 10 points among conservatives, 7 points with white men, and 4 points among those living in rural parts of the country. What´s more, Trump gained 12%
Global Warming: When a controversial climatologist claims Hurricane Harvey´s brutal downpour that devastated Houston is a result of global warming, it warrants examining the claim. We have, and it appears baseless. But that won´t stop climate-change extremists from making that claim again in the future. First, a little background. Penn State meteorology professor Michael Mann has gained dubious renown for something no scientist desires: fiddling with data, and getting caught. In this case, it was temperature data. Mann´s famous "hockey stick" rendition of temperature and climate changes makes it appear as if temperatures began rising sharply in the 19th century as carbon
Sometime in September, Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to unveil his "Medicare for all" bill, which would have the government pay 100% of the nation´s entire health care costs. Sanders, like all of his kindred single-payer advocates, claims that every other industrialized country in the world provides guaranteed universal coverage, and has lower health costs and better health outcomes as a result. But what Sanders and Co. never, ever, say is that those countries also require their citizens to pay a far bigger share of health care dollars out of pocket than the U.S. does today, or that most of them
Corporate Politics: Wasn´t it just a few weeks ago that the left was cheering Google for firing an employee who dared to question the company´s liberal orthodoxy? Now the company is getting battered by the same crowd for allegedly causing a critic to be fired from a think tank. Shortly after the European Union announced a $2.7 billion fine against Google (GOOGL) in late June for supposed antitrust violations, a scholar at the liberal New America Foundation posted a statement praising the decision. The EU, wrote Barry Lynn, who directed the foundation´s Open Markets program, "is protecting the free
Hillary Clinton, in her campaign post-mortem released Tuesday, tore into women who didn’t vote for her failed presidential candidacy in November and regretted it, saying ‘these people were looking for absolution that I just couldn’t give.” Clinton’s book, What Happened, is an angry account of how she lost to President Trump in November. Among the multitude of people/countries/events she blames for her defeat are young women who didn’t vote for her. In the book, she talks about the Women’s March in D.C. and other cities across America as “bittersweet” as it contrasted the enthusiasm of activists with the lack of
Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that she would have been called a "genius" and her campaign "perfect" if she had won the 2016 presidential election. In an interview with WNYC, the former secretary of State reflected on being the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. She said that because of the hurdles women face, she would have been hailed as brilliant if she won. "I thought it was pretty revolutionary that I was the first woman to have a realistic chance of becoming president,” Clinton said. “So I don’t know how any woman who is not familiar to
Laura Ingraham, the radio host and Fox News commentator, is about to become a prime time host on the conservative cable network. Ingraham is expected to take over the 10 p.m. hour on Fox News, according to people who spoke on condition of anonymity. While there may be one or two final details to negotiate, Ingraham has been telling friends that the deal is essentially done, the sources said. Her new show will be part of a broader change to the network´s top-rated prime time lineup. Sean Hannity´s show, currently at 10 p.m., will move one hour earlier to 9
ROME — As he flew near Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma on his way back to the Vatican from Colombia on Sunday, Pope Francis said that political leaders and others who denied climate change reminded him of a passage from the psalms about man’s stubbornness. “Man is stupid, the Bible said,” he said. “It’s like that, when you don’t want to see, you don’t see.” In a typically wide-ranging news conference that included his questioning of United States President Donald J. Trump’s commitment to issues of life because of his plan to strip undocumented immigrant children of protections from
An elderly white man was shoved to the floor and derided as a “honky motherf----r” by a black woman, who also told him to sit in the back of the East Side bus they were riding, police sources said Monday. The suspect, believed to be between 30 and 40 years old, is still being sought. The incident happened about 6:30 a.m. Sept. 3 when the 80-year-old victim got on a city bus near E. 34th St. and First Ave. and sat up front, sources said. The suspect apparently took exception to where he was sitting.
Two huge booksellers, Amazon and Walmart, have already cut the price of Hillary Rodham Clinton´s 2016 tell-all by 40 percent -- and it isn´t even available yet. Set to be released Tuesday, both have priced "What Happened?" at $17.99. Publisher Simon and Schuster set a price of $30. Much of what´s in her book has already been reported on, thanks to leaked copies of the Democratic presidential candidate´s latest work. The price cut, however, has likely helped to boost sales. It is No. 1 on Amazon.
Nearly a year after she lost the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton is promoting a book about how her defeat is everyone else´s fault. So much, so familiar. What´s striking is that even though she has barely begun her book tour, Clinton has already given the game away, reverting to her self-pitying idea that half her countrymen are "irredeemable" and "deplorable." Remember that riff she got into at a 2016 private fundraiser? No? Well here it is, to freshen your recollection. You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump´s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.
Amazon has been monitoring and deleting reviews after Hillary Clinton´s new book was greeted with a torrent of criticism on the day it was released. What Happened, which covers the former Secretary of State´s unsuccessful election campaign against Donald Trump, was published on Tuesday. Clinton and her publisher Simon & Schuster claimed the book would offer a candid account of her failure and her own reflection on it. Reviews of What Happened have been mixed, with some suggesting it Clinton uses it as an opportunity to blame others – such as Bernie Sanders and Vladimir Putin – for her failure, rather than herself.
The Gold Star father who came to Indianapolis to speak about civil discourse ripped into President Donald Trump, calling him "illiterate and uneducated" on Saturday evening. In reference to Trump´s rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, , Khizr Khan´s criticism came after a community conversation, "Talking Through Unity and Civility with Khizr Khan," on Saturday evening at St. Luke´s United Methodist Church. John Krull, host of "No Limits" on WFYI-FM (90.1), moderated the discussion. Khan is the Gold Star father who challenged Trump to rethink his stance on Muslims´ and religious minorities´ place in society during the 2016 presidential election. Khan´s son was killed in
During his Sunday night interview with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon finally said out loud what many of us already knew: that Hillary Clinton is “not very bright.” This was actually my favorite part of the interview because nothing is healthier for our culture than the truth, most especially a truth no one dares to speak out loud. For 25 years, Madam Clinton has been in the public eye, and for 25 years we have been told time and again and again and again two whoppers: 1) Hillary is brilliant. 2) When you get to
I know it ´s premature, since I predicted (and I stand by it) that Donald Trump would win reelection handily in 2020, but more and more I am convinced that Nikki Haley should be our first woman president. And this is not just a reaction to the recent publication of Hillary Clinton´s new book What Happened in which Mrs. Clinton apparently details precisely the opposite, blaming everyone and everything for her defeat from Bernie Sanders to the "late eclipses of the sun and moon," except for herself. I say "apparently" because I am less likely actually to read her book
Congress passed a resolution that urges the Trump administration to condemn and commit resources to combat white supremacy and Neo-Nazi groups. The legislation which overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Monday and was passed by a voice vote in the House Tuesday evening now heads to President Trump´s desk. The joint resolution asks the Trump administration to speak out against hate groups that "espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy." It also calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate any acts of violence or domestic terrorism committed by white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups. The House version was introduced by Rep.